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AMD Phenom X3 8750 Review

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Now on to what everyone has been waiting for. How well will the Triple Core Phenom 8750 stand up compared to Quad and Dual Core CPUs from both sides of the water? Since there are no Triple Core processors offered from Intel, it is going to be an interesting shootout here. Will that extra core make that much of a difference in the scientific and gaming benchmarks, or is this just a push to draw the market back toward AMD? I am going to be putting all of the processors to the test to see what speeds the Triple Core offers, so I will be running a series of benchmarks designed to stress the X3 8750 to the limits. All other hardware will be run at stock speeds to ensure there are no variables that might effect the scores.


Testing Setup AMD:


Testing Setup Intel:


Comparison Processors:




Overclocked settings:

Overclocking the AMD Phenom X3 8750 was a task. I tried everything I could to push this processor, but it just would not budge. I dropped the HT multiplier to 7x and increased the voltage to 1.4v and still could not get the HT bus to go beyond 215MHz, no matter what. Anything beyond 215MHz would cause the board to lock up and blue screen seconds after booting into Windows. As everyone knows, AMD Phenoms 9000 series were not good overclockers and since the Phenom X3 has a locked maximum multiplier of 12x, there is was hope to push it much further on this 780G board. With a different board and a different chipset an overclock is quite possible we will be testing that over the next few weeks.



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